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you're participating and thank you. my understanding is that the mayor will be releasing a new plan for action on pedestrian safety, and that will target the city's most dangerous streets to cut serious and fatal injurys in half. this is a critical action to take. we call on you as the board of the transportation authority to make sure that this plan is actually funded so it just doesn't sit on the shelf but it gets implemented to start systematically fix the streets in many of the ways we heard about today to prevent more tragedies because these tragedys are things that that we can prevent and you can help save lives. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello i am phyllis deets and live in the area for 27 years. my property backs up on sunny
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side park, little pocket park, that the city has renovated. it's a beautiful park. it's a maget for all of the children in the neighborhood. the parents bring them there. it is also a attractive nuisance to use a legal term because it's such a fine park and all the people come there. the problem is there is no stop sign on forester and mangels and anyone wishing to go to the park are at the mercy of the people speeding to get to the light on monterey to get to 280 and all of the people coming there trying to make up for lost time. many times people don't stop and i would hate to see someone killed. i would like applaud the kids from lowell high school and it's difficult for them and that issue is important but i want to put this on the radar screen so you're aware of it.
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thank you. >> thank you. >> good morning supervisors. i am karen franklin. i live on juice avenue and i have come to add my voice to the concerns about pedestrian safety in district 7. i have two children that cross at monterey. there is a stop sign there, but it is worry worrisome that so many people don't stop and do rolling stops and it's not unusual to think that a lot of these problems are happening near schools with kids are being kids and drivers just aren't paying attention, but what i wanted to mention today are a few cost savings solutions to the problem as i see it. any tall foliage in the medians to give a sense of smaller space for the drivers will automatically make them go slower. i mean my concern is
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if we implement lower speed limits do we have the funds to actually enforce it? so if we don't we need to have other items in place that give the illusion that drivers are in a small area and just naturally need to go slower. i also have been thinking about perhaps putting a yellow -- using what we already have in the traffic signals, but perhaps having a flashing yellow light that allows people give the pedestrians right-of-way and eliminate right turns on red so that pedestrians and have the right-of-way and the cars need to stop to let them cross. thank you supervisor yee. i really appreciate you spear heading this.
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>> john winston from the friends of monterey boulevard. thank you for convening this boulevard. it has four lanes and it's 30 miles per hour and bus lanes and residential filled with the elderly and disabled and primarily renters opposed to homeowners and don't know each other and they need a voice. they live in multi-unit buildings. there are three schools in the area as well as several preschools. sunny side play ground as you heard is two blocks away and monterey is home to the little known conservatory so it's a neighborhood you go to and not through and it's a way to the shopping district and bart. we live here and it's
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the title of the study that we did on traffic intersections with pedestrians and we identified several dangers. there were 13 reported injury collisions. in our study residents and parents of school age kids complain of the usual thins. stop sign running. little enforcement by police and failure to yield to pedestrians and speeding. there are also structural problems. wide straight lanes as cars head to the freeway -- i have half a page more. give the visual cue to go fast. if drivers' minds they're on the freeway. 43% of drivers came to a complete stop at a bus stop and where kids get off. for ester is a big crossing and despite the guard
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there were many failures to stop in the study and this model includes to remove a large portion of the median so the solution is a lower speed limit. there are a lot of other solutions but if streets like masonic and folsom can have 25 miles per hour there is no reason monterey can't as well and we are encouraging for the mta to get that moving and for you to spear head that movement. thank you. >> thank you. any others? i guess public comment is closed and i have one more presentation that is probably one of the important presentations to see where the resources are and how we are going to utilize to solve many of the issues that were brought to us, not only by the departments but also by the public, so at this time could i
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have the transportation authority staff. >> it's anna laport that is here. >> yeah thank you. >> and i think ben sepca is here as well and thank you for being here so long as well. >> i am embarrassed with my inability to get just the slides. i feel like a continuation of public comment as a pedestrian, as a transit user, as a mother, as a dog owner, as a public servant. hearing these stories gives me chills and it really brings home how important it is to use resources in the most effective way for a sense of place and livability and your neighborhood and also for a sense of safety to be able to enjoy san
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francisco as it's meant to be enjoyed and standing on your own 2 feet. almost every trip starts or ends with a pedestrian element and this is district 7 but these stories are endless and my staff is in the audience writing down the public comments and we hope to hear more of them through the prop k which is the local half cent transportation sales tax five year plan update that the agencies are about to start working on, so i will start my presentation now, but this is just the beginning of the public comment that will be coming into the agencies and coming into your offices and also our offices about what folks want to see funded with their local half cent sales tax for transportation in the next five years and also with the pr double a vehicle
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registration funds who folks that registered vehicles in san francisco pay every year along with the general taxes that are also paid. i noticed anna had one of the pictures in her presentation as well. if we could bring up the powerpoint presentation on the screen so viewers at home could also see the reference to the funding programs that the authority manages and when i mean they're programmed by the authority i mean programmed by the transportation authority board so these are the board of supervisors and their capacity wearing their other hat if you will as the transportation authority, so one of our primary funding programs is the half cent sales tax and there are major capital projects in this program, but there are also a host of programs that are pedestrian related funding
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categories, if you will. this involves signal upgrades, new signals, curve ramps. i will go into them but we're a primary source of funding for the mta traffic calming program, so i will get to the individual categories and how folks can let their voices be heard how to prioritize prop k funds over the next five years. vehicle registration fee generates about $5 million a year. the voters approved the expenditure plan in 2010. it includes about 25 -- it is 25% about -- we are
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prioritizing -- we are recommending prioritizing -- these are large capital projects with an emphasis on projects that are on key walking streets or high injury corridors and also a host of other programs in department of public health and regional safe routes to school program is funded through a funding source. transportation fund for clean air in essence can fund traffic calming measures if they rise to the top of the scoring so the message to take home in particular with this slide and the next slide which is what we don't manage there are a lot of funding sources that are various different purposes if you will. they have different eligibility but they also touch on a pedestrian element that is
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implemented in the projects authorized through the programs. the pedestrian funding that we don't manage but all of the sources are the funding sources for all of the improvements you have been hearing about. i know the highway safety improvement program is the primary source for the slope boulevard and the state funded improvements. prop k is providing the local match to the project. the authority board just funded the design phase and hopefully we can make progress on the construction phase sooner than was anticipated. i know it's trying to be coordinated with a caltrans paving preject but it's clear of what the priorities of the community are based on this hearing and the state bond as was mentioned and the office of traffic safety so that is funding the walk first effort so this is the spectrum
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of the funding sources available for pedestrian related projects in san francisco. what you are looking at with average of $3 million a year as annual. >> >> 32 million a year as annual average and historic trends from these various funding sources and literally divided it by 10. it works better for some of the sources than others. i know the street bond is anticipated to be implemented sooner but the prop k and double a funds are based on historic programming averages if you will as many of the other sources so this at gives you a spectrum of the amount of funding that is potentially available to san francisco. it can fund a range of improvements but this is what we identified for pedestrian related type
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projects. focusing on the prop k program there are 21 categories in prop k that are the non specific projects so they can fund a host of locations under these categories. traffic calming is under going a revision effort at the sfmta and we have actually funded a portion of what they are -- it's a speed corridor pilot or a speed reduction pilot program -- sorry i am getting my words jumbled but basically they're studying -- they're testing a range of measures on arterials to see what are some potential -- what are the ranges of measures that we could install on arterials as we're reshifting the traffic calming
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program to focus on them that ultimately result in slower traffic speeds and pedestrian circulation and safety, bicycle facility and maintenance and upgrade of signals. you see the picture of the signal in the corner. not only does it fund the infrastructure that supports the pedestrian count down signals and a major funding source for that program and curb ramp locations that christina mentioned in her presentation and i will jump to the five year prioritization programs because what is happening right now is we're approaching year five of the current five year programs and so we are working to update them with the agencies and these are agency lead efforts that are ultimately adopted by the authority board and we're anticipating that to happen this fall. these are required and what the voters approved 2003
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where each -- you need to be able to have a clear and prioritization methodology for each of the prop k programs so for traffic calming how are the arterials prioritized for these locations? what are the methods to make them rise to the top and for the of the categories as well and what it does translate into is a five year program of projects with specific projects identified with cost information, scope, schedule, budget, including the non prop k funds, so there is a transparency to the effort. it's not something that happens in some dark room where the agencies say okay this is what the priority -- that's not what what happens. it's efforts like this and the probable testimony is translated. >> >> these are what you're hearing from the public as our priorities. how do they match up with your prioritizations?
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and there are other elements of the five year plan that agencies need to speak how they have been working over the last five years in delivering projects funded through the program, and so what this does is allows for a process of a transparent process and most importantly but not least it allows the sales tax authority to see what agencies need to implement their priorities and if it's more than 1/30 and when i say that prop k is a expenditure plan. if it's more than that and agencies want to accelerate the funds available in the later years i mean there is a cost to it but we can do it. we can make more funding available in the near term if the agencies are able to deliver the projects so if the capacity -- there's certainly
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the need. we see that very clearly, so i just want to put that out there that through the process if becomes apparent that agencies want to accelerate the availability of prop k funds over the next five years we can absolutely work with the agencies to do that. this is the schedule for the adoption, what we're anticipating as the schedule for the a dochg the five year plan and go to the authority board in november. we need to release the guidance to the agencies which we expect to do next week and preparing the five year plan and there will be chunks of public outreach that are done if you will, a level of effort this spring to come up with initial draft list and another outreach effort in the late summer and fall so the public and the agencies have a chance to work together and also to weigh in on the process. these are the agencies that are
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working that are eligible to receive these types of funds. no big surprises here. i will just touch briefly on prop double a since it's a local measure that does have 25% of the funding set aside and specified for pedestrian safety. this is 25% on an average, so not necessarily on an annual basis, but the five year plan for prop double a was recently approved and it does include a couple of projects in district 7 including winston drive project that will help to access a wellness center that is being constructed and a connector project that city college is sponsoring. i will also make a plug for www. my street sf. this is our interactive map that we launched yesterday that includes all of the projects
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that either funded by or prioritized for funding by the transportation authority. it does not include street bonds projects. there are some elements not included on here, but it does give the public a flavor of where the projects are located. you can search on the website by district, by specific intersection. you can search by project type. you can search by funding source. these are the active projects but we're adding in the projects that have been completed and once the five year plan are completed we will add in another layer so folks can see what is anticipated over the five years. you heard a lot about 19 avenue. we have been involved in the planning efforts under way and have been completed and we funded about half of the cost of several of the traffic signals that have been improved already through
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phases one and two, and last we are working on our san francisco transportation plan which is the san francisco long range plan for transportation in the city. one of the aspects that we're looking at is what is called a complete streets initiative. there are trade offs all the way around when you have projects that are federally fund said and these are complete streets but they have a cost and compared to upgrading an intersection with pedestrian count down sections which be maybe a couple hundred thousand dollars for a intersection and it's relative and about priorities and as a city that we can accommodate both with a balance and it's just a challenge to figure out what that balance is, so that concludes my presentation. our website is up there. i am available to answer any questions that you might have
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or any members of the public might have now or later. >> thank you very much for your presentation. it's really helpful to see where funding sources come from and what the parameters as you do this, and did you have a quick question? >> yeah, i wanted to say that my street sf.com is useful. i pulled up it congratulations on getting that up. i know a lot of work went into that. you mentioned 32. $5 million estimated over the next 10 years and is what you estimate for public safety in the city. if a vehicle license fee if voters pass that increase that amount so we can meet better priorities as many in the public comment period raised, but would that be a good source of funds that may
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increase our amounts for pedestrian safety? >> absolutely and it could be a primary funding source for transportation more broadly and that has some sort of targeted emphasis on pedestrian or pedestrian related improvements. >> thank you. >> okay. i want to thank -- not only you but all the departments and i actually have some questions and i am realizing that we should allocate twice the time but it's getting awfully long so specific questions i can ask the departments but i want to wrap this up and give thanks to the department of public works. earlier i know she wasn't able to speak but the district attorney's office was here, mta, department of public health,
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and again the transportation authority. thank you for your presentations and again i thank captain lum and captain salvi and people from the planning department for being here today. we're going to do some follow up. and i also in particular want to thank the public for their comments. i actually am aware of most of what the public was speaking of. there were one or two things that i wasn't aware of and i was glad to hear about it, and in particularly although i knew it intuitively the intersection on o shansee and malta and i have gone through there and cross that street with my kids and going to the park but it wasn't on my
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radar and it's good to have that awareness and i mention this because when you listen to the departments again they have a good sense of what's going on and they will indicate the major intersections but what we heard today were not only issues on these main corridors, but we also have issues that sometimes get lost in some of the department reports because they're not the volume that you see on 19th avenue and slope and so forth. what i would like to do is really i would like to work with every one who was involved in this hearing today, so that all of the information, all of the concerns, ideas and strategies don't get lost and ensure they am committed to that. now, one of my goals here is not only to have an opportunity to listen to all
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the different reports, but i'm realizing that there are all the different reports and as much as you talk about the launching the website that you have the information that is on there is really good information about what you're doing, and what i would like to hopefully have is somebody have a focus on all the departments, all the things going on with pedestrian safety, so one doesn't have to search five or six websites to search for the issue and i am representing district 7 and i am hoping what comes out of this hearing is a model, a process
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that other districts could use to duplicate and have coordination around that, so one of the things i didn't want to have happen is just to have a hearing and listen and continue to process the way it always has been. i think i have asked -- i am very grateful to the controller's office. i am working with them to compile a list of the priority intersections that will aggregate both the city, what the city is working on and what we heard today by the public; the public comments, and i want to bring us all together again when this list has been compiled, prioritizing the intersections and make sure that we didn't forget anything and once we get a report that consolidates everything that anybody -- whether myself or
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the public can look at it and say this is what is happening in district 7. these are the priorities we're looking at. by the way i don't think that's the right priority. maybe we need to tweak certain things and things happen and we need to understand that the city is not just stagnant. as everybody from the different departments have mentioned they have plans, they have different things in the works right now that are happening today, maybe happening tomorrow and so forth, but the problem is that it's really hard for the public and myself to get a handle of what everybody is doing and by getting a handle on it there's opportunities to be -- or transparency for the public to then respond and maybe make sense of what we have as priorities this year, five years out, but next year something might happen. some project put
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a thousand residents somewhere changes things and all of a sudden we need to look at the priority on an on going basis and by the way i know you have the projects for the next five years but i think we should really think about this new situation that we have, so again i want to thank everybody that participated in this. this is not going to be the last thing you will hear from me on this issue and i am willing to work with anybody, any department, any public people out there that have concerns so thank you very much for this particular segment on this agenda item on the hearing for pedestrian safety on district 7. chair. >> thank you and let's continue this item to the call of the chair to this hearing. okay. and thanks adom barrett for being here the whole time. i know how late the guy comes. mr. evans please call the next